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You Know You’re a Food Blogger When…

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I have seen several “You Know You’re…” lists floating around the web and thought it would be fun to compile a list for foodies/food bloggers because, let’s be honest, we do some weird things and have some quirky awesome qualities.

After I came up with my own endings for the sentence, I reached out to some fellow food bloggers to gather their input.  Here is what we came up with:

You Know You’re a Food Blogger When…

From me:

Instead of looking at the clothing and shoes first at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s, you immediately walk back to the kitchen supplies/food area of the store.

When picking out an apartment or house, the amount of lighting in the kitchen/food photography area is one of your top priorities.

Recipes are created, cooked, and photographed during the time of day when the natural lighting is the best- hence why the majority of my recipes are made and photographed on the weekend.

Your meal is never hot when you actually sit down to eat it and, as a result, you never worry about burning your tongue on food.

Your Christmas list no longer consists of clothing/shoes/purses/etc., but instead revolves around kitchen and cooking supplies.

The pictures on your blog are about 90% focused on food and about 10% focused on you.

You are no longer embarrassed about taking photographs of your food at restaurants or get-togethers- though those around you might be 😉

Your first stop when you enter Target is the clearance kitchen section.

You keep a notepad and/or text and e-mail yourself recipe ideas that you think of during all hours of the day (including while trying to fall asleep and in the shower).

Your parents, significant other, friends, children, etc. take pictures of their food and send them to you.

You become slightly sad or upset when you enter a restaurant and realize that the lighting is dim and sucks for photographing your meal.

You become super frustrated when your food photographs do not meet your extremely high standards.

Your friends, family members, and co-workers suddenly begin talking to you about anything and everything food related.

You or someone close to you has built a light box for food photography.

You own way more napkins and place mats than you know what to do with, and you never actually use them for their intended use.

You are sad when you accidentally forget to photograph your food, especially when it is a “What I Ate Wednesday” day.

From you:

You won’t let anyone eat the “pretty” food.  You need it for photos. – Kelly from Hidden Fruits and Veggies

Your husband knows not to eat before pictures are taken.- Kylie from Imma Eat That

You own a ridiculously large amount of individual plates and napkins with different designs on them.  Not sets.  Just individual pieces. – Amanda from Running with Spoons

No one can eat until you’ve Instagrammed their salad.- Alexis from Hummusapien

White plates on sale from Target get you excited!  Perfect food color!  Pop!- Lindsay from Cotter Crunch

You’re completely ravenous and could eat your hair, but when your meal is finally in front of you, you still take the time to snap a photo.- Melanie from Beautifully Nutty

You make ice cream at 8:30 a.m.- Melissa from My Whole Food Life

You have almost 4,000 photos on your phone and 90% of them are of food!- Jan from Sprouts n Squats

Your family is always waiting to eat so that you can get that perfect Instagram shot!- Kim from Hungry Healthy Girl

You can’t put up your groceries until you’ve taken a picture of all of them.- Heather from Kiss My Broccoli

Like I said.  We are a pretty cool bunch!  Maybe we should start our own club and develop our own handshake?  😉

Complete the sentence for yourself- “Your Know Your a Food Blogger When…”

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  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats March 18, 2014, 5:58 am
    OMG I can relate to WAY too many of these ;) Haha loved this post, so funny and so true. Thanks for thinking of me! Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted...What fast days are likeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 18, 2014, 2:25 pm
      It was super fun putting together the list. I laughed at all of the one's that other bloggers sent to me!
  • Louise@FitRadiance March 18, 2014, 6:19 am
    Haha! This is great. I can relate to plenty of these. The most annoying being cold food! Getting ever so slightly jealous of bloggers amazing naturally lit homes is one of mine :P (The lighting in my apartment is waay too dark!) Louise@FitRadiance recently posted...Fitnessguru Products ReviewMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 18, 2014, 2:31 pm
      I hear you on the lighting problem...it is so unfair! :(
  • Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie March 18, 2014, 8:24 am
    I love these! haha Josh definitely has the wait to eat until photographs are taken thing down. It's weird that that's so normal to me until I hang out with non-bloggers and they're like what are you doing? Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie recently posted...A St. Patrick’s Day 5kMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 18, 2014, 2:33 pm
      Haha, yeah I remember him asking you about taking photos when I was over for dinner. Too funny! ;)
  • Lucie@FitSwissChick March 18, 2014, 8:40 am
    OMG I LOVE this!! I can relate to so many of them!! It's funny that in my home, when my BF and I cook dinner, he always carries the camera with the meals cause he knows I need to take a pic :-) AND my last birthday present was the camera and a light box - and Ninja Blender for christmas! LOL. Lucie@FitSwissChick recently posted...Marvelous Shenanigans & Green PancakesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 18, 2014, 2:39 pm
      Haha, too funny!!! It sounds like he is very attentive..either that, or you have him trained well ;)
  • Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon March 18, 2014, 9:14 am
    All of these are SO TRUE. My biggest wish list item is always the next tool I need in the kitchen (food processor, blender, spiralizer, etc). I also am always borrowing props from my work kitchen to diversify! Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon recently posted...Meyer Lemon HummusMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 18, 2014, 2:40 pm
      So awesome that you have a work kitchen that you can borrow things from. That would be SO nice!
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. March 18, 2014, 9:28 am
    :lol: Very much yes to ALL these things. I used to think I was a goofball for all of it (and my family/friends probably did as well), but now it just feels normal. Thanks for the giggles :D Amanda @ .running with spoons. recently posted.... crazy for carbs .My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 18, 2014, 2:41 pm
      Haha, they are pretty funny aren't they? I had so much fun compiling the list :)
  • Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite March 18, 2014, 9:46 am
    HA! Definitely can relate to pretty much all of these these. It's a proud moment when your family and friends start sending you pictures of their food :) Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite recently posted...Grape Leaves, Legs & TraditionsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 18, 2014, 2:41 pm
      Isn't it?? It cracked me up when my mom kept sending me pictures while my parents were in Hawaii in January.
  • Lizz March 18, 2014, 10:12 am
    I'd like to add "...when you read cookbooks instead of fiction." :-) Lizz recently posted...Tofu Scramble Tacos with BBQ Collard GreensMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 18, 2014, 4:25 pm
      Haha, good one!! I own way more cookbooks than anyone should admit to ;)
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes March 18, 2014, 10:22 am
    OMG LOL - I LOVE this. :) My husband is always posing with the food for a good pic - he is such a goof ball sometimes. :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 18, 2014, 2:42 pm
      Well it sounds like he has a good sense of humor with it all, which is great! :)
  • Becky@TheSavedRunner March 18, 2014, 12:02 pm
    Haha these are all too funny! Although I don't consider myself a food blogger and I take horrible food pictures, I still take a bunch of pictures of my food and share quite a bit. So I can still relate. :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 18, 2014, 2:43 pm
      Haha, us kids and our crazy food photography obsession ;)
  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles March 18, 2014, 2:51 pm
    Haha I can relate to way too many of these! And it makes me feel a little proud when Eric comes home and shows me a picture of something he ate that day :p Sam @ Better With Sprinkles recently posted...Honey Vanilla Peanut Butter.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 18, 2014, 4:24 pm
      We have corrupted our loved ones!!! ;)
  • Megan @ The Skinny-Life March 18, 2014, 6:59 pm
    I can relate to almost all of these lol! The Target clearance section is a recent one of mine. I scored a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer dirt cheap. And my friends and family think I'm nuts for taking pictures of everything. I could go on and on. I've actually re-baked things because they didn't "look" right.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 18, 2014, 7:23 pm
      A Kitchen Aid mixer? That sounds awesome! I REALLY hope to have one of those someday. Maybe I would actually bake more often if I did. And I hear you, we are all very critical on ourselves and on the way that our recipes turn out/look. Oh the life of a food blogger! ;)
  • Chris @ Shared Appetite March 18, 2014, 7:49 pm
    Oh my goodness this post is amazing! Like, I was seriously laughing out loud reading through these. Everything is SO spot on. Oh the life of food blogging... we're a weird yet dedicated bunch! Tweeting! Chris @ Shared Appetite recently posted...Trader Joe’s Copycat Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt DipMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2014, 12:41 pm
      Haha, we are definitely weird...but AWESOME!! ;)
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life March 18, 2014, 8:40 pm
    Yesss all of these are so true! Everyone talks to me about food now and fitness and I'm like I can only tell you so much! haha Ang @ Nutty for Life recently posted...How I Buy Groceries On A Tight BudgetMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2014, 12:41 pm
      Haha, yeah..they think we are experts!! ;)
  • Jessie March 18, 2014, 9:49 pm
    AWESOME post! I really can't think of anything else to add to the list. I think yall covered every inch pretty well. Jessie recently posted...WIAW: March 18, 2014My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2014, 12:42 pm
      Haha, thanks Jessie! It was a blast to put together!
  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes March 19, 2014, 12:47 am
    I love this!! and can relate to just about all of them. I liked the "nobody can eat the pretty food".....when I make cookies I leave a seperate container of ones my husband is allowed to eat and the rest are the ones I still need to photograph. LOL
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2014, 12:44 pm
      Haha, that is hilarious!!! I love it :)
  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl March 19, 2014, 8:43 am
    Love these and I can honestly say that I can relate to ALL of them!!!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2014, 12:45 pm
      I know, right? When I was reading everyone else's contributions I was like..."YES!"
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien March 19, 2014, 9:17 am
    OMG....I've never felt more at home! I literally can relate to ALL of these. Hilarious!!! DON'T EAT THAT! IT'S FOR DA BLOG!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 19, 2014, 12:45 pm
      Haha!! I decided that we are all SO awesome..and slightly weird ;)
  • Danica @ It's Progression March 20, 2014, 12:00 pm
    This is so great. The one about having kitchen tools/appliances/dinnerware being at the top of your wish list definitely holds true for me! Danica @ It's Progression recently posted...“Jesus > Religion” book reviewMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 21, 2014, 3:42 pm
      It's funny how our priorities change, isn't it? :)
  • Vicky March 23, 2014, 11:35 am
    Hahah can totally relate to all of these! SO funny! Vicky recently posted...Low Carb Sushi Rolls with Smoked Salmon and AvocadoMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:42 pm
      We are a funny bunch, that's for sure! ;)
  • Jasmine March 24, 2014, 12:17 pm
    This is hilarious! I used to blog about food a lot, and I can relate to so many of these points. ESPECIALLY the napkins/placemats thing! World Market is amazing for that, btw! Jasmine recently posted...A Hike at Mt. TaborMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 24, 2014, 1:49 pm
      I have never heard of World Market, but you know I am totally going to check out where the nearest location is to me now! ;)
  • Carly @ Snack Therapy March 30, 2014, 5:37 pm
    Hahahaahhahaha this is freakin' fantastic. I love it all.

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